Consumerism Project Ideas

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

Consumerism promotes increased purchasing as a means of social and economic power, often at the expense of workers and the environment. These projects offer students the opportunity to reflect on what they have learned about consumerism.


What are some status symbols of the rich and famous? What are some things you are proud to own? The things we buy often have an effect on how we perceive ourselves and how we are perceived by others. These social and economic ties are at the roots of consumerism. The results are often overconsumption and overproduction as individuals struggle to continuously stay caught up with the latest trends and upgrades. These projects offer high school students the opportunity to apply what they have learned about consumerism, including offering solutions to overproduction, increasing awareness of the environmental impact, and identifying the social ramifications. Students will combine research and collaboration with the development of visuals and written work to describe their knowledge.

Collaborative Consumption

Guiding Questions:

  • What is collaborative consumption?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of collaborative consumption?
  • What might persuade you to participate in a collaborative consumption program?
  • What are some goods and services that could be part of a program like this?
  • What are some steps you could take to encourage collaborative consumption in your community?


  • computer/internet/editing software
  • video recording device


  • Divide students into small groups.
  • Have students research collaborative consumption programs. Have students share their research with the members of their group.
  • Have students plan a collaborative consumption program within the community. Students should consider which goods and services to offer, how these goods and services will be purchased, stored, and tracked, and how to persuade the public to take advantage of the opportunity.
  • Students should create a 30-60 second video commercial advertising their program to share with the class.


Guiding Questions:

  • What is e-waste?
  • How can e-waste be reduced?
  • Where is e-waste dumped?
  • What are the environmental and health ramifications of dumping e-waste?
  • What are some solutions?


  • computer/internet/printer


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